What We Are About

Hello and  welcome to HappyFamilyArt, where you will find fun places to visit around NJ, art lessons, craft instructions, coloring pages and more! Here you will find our happy family learning, traveling, making art and having fun!

happy family artNJ Travels

Here you will find all sorts of fun day trips all over New Jersey and surrounding states.  You can read about our family’s experiences there and hopefully get out and have fun! Also, be sure to check out our very popular list of FREE OR INEXPENSIVE PLACES FOR FAMILY FUN IN AND AROUND NJ.

happy family artArt Lessons

Take a look at the many art lessons we have.  So far there is acrylic, watercolor, how to draw, amazing coloring pages and more!

You can also explore our JEWELRY DIY INSTRUCTONS, our CRAFTY THINGS TUTORIALS to see many great craft ideas and tutorials, or the SEWING area.  We also have a section dedicated to OUR ART.  Also, please be sure to check out our ETSY STORE. 

Please feel free to stay a while.  Explore the menu above, or see what is new below.

Take a look at what’s new at Happy Family Art:

Multi-Strand Leather Necklace and BraceletMulti-Strand Leather Necklace and Bracelet

Easy to make a necklace or a bracelet using leather, silk, beads, and more.

Our Visit To Adventure Aquarium Camden CountyCamden Adventure Aquarium

We had the chance to visit the Camden Adventure Aquarium. It was filled with mesmerizing jellyfish, colorful fish and amazing sharks.

Our Visit To Island Beach State ParkIsland Beach State Park

This summer we got to explore a new to us beach: Island Beach State Park.  What a wonderful place it is! I loved how wild and untamed it was, with so much to see.

Introduction to felting: how to make a felted dollHow To Make A Felted Doll

I fell in love with felting when I tried it a friend’s house (peer pressure at it’s best). Introduction to felting, and how to make a felted doll tutorial.

Our Visit To Watchung ReservationWatchung Reservation

Watchung Reservation – revisited. This place has had some changes in the past few years. It is still a wonderful place to visit, but the landscape has changed a bit.

Our Visit To Hurricane Harbor and Six FlagsOur Visit To Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags

It was a lot of fun to splash around in the wave pool in Hurricane Harbor. We look forward to coming back again soon.

Our Visit To Raptor TrustOur Visit To Raptor Trust

This is not the first time that we visit Raptor Trust in Millington.  It is always a great and wonderful experience.

Our Visit To Robert H. Treman State Park in IthacaIthaca, Robert H. Treman State Park and Toughannock Falls State Park 

We have revisited Ithaca once again for a fantastic camping experience, with lots to explore. This time we had more time to check out a few spots, go on a hike or two, and enjoy the town itself.

How To Sew A Shopping Bag Or A PurseHow To Sew A Shopping Bag Or A Purse

I made these Shakespeare themed bags for a friend. It is an easy beginner sewing project, and I enjoyed the process.

How To Paint a Tropical BeachHow To Paint a Tropical Beach

Using acrylic paint, we have completed this fun and easy painting of a tropical beach right on time for the summer.  Complete with a palm tree and a sandcastle.

Our Visit To Sandy Hook National Park Monmouth County DestinationsSandy Hook Beach

The Sandy Hook Beach Concerts are back! Come and listen to some music every Wednesday, at 6 pm, starting on 6/15/16, on beach E.

Our Visit To Presby Memorial Iris GardensPresby Memorial Iris Gardens

There is only a short time in May and June when you can visit this garden in full bloom, and it’s definitely worth it! I will be back to see it again next year.

Photography by Mariya Kovalyov1000 Photo Project

I am just on photo # 310. It is not easy to get 1000 photographs.  Granted, I don’t put every photo (especially of people) on here.  Here is an updated 1000 Photo Project.

Our visit to DrumthwacketOur Visit To Drumthwacket

We had the chance to visit Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of NJ. It was an experience I wanted to share here.

Adult Coloring Pages Nature Patterns AbstractColoring Pages

I finished my fourth coloring book! This book has 16 beautiful pages filled with fairies, flowers, butterflies, and more.  As always, there is a free coloring page here!

How to draw rosesHow To Draw Roses

Step by step tutorial on how to draw roses from three different points of view, and then color them in using colored pencils.

Recycled Mosaic Tiles Art LessonEarth Day Recycled Mosaic Art Lesson

This is most certainly one of my favorite art lessons to do with kids. It takes a bit of prep time, but really worth it!

Making Coloring Pages From Photographs Using GimpColoring Pages From Photographs

Two tutorials for two different methods to making a coloring page from photograph in Gimp.

Fun Watercolor Galaxy and Space Paintings Fun Space and Galaxy Watercolor Paintings. 

These paintings allowed me to explore watercolor techniques, while having a great time with the process.

Our Visit To Longwood Gardens Pennsylvania Daytrip DestinationsAwesome Photography Tips

I have created this page so that I can share all the photography tips, tricks and techniques that I have learned along the way.

Painting Daisies Using Negative Watercolor PaintingPainting Daisies

Tutorial for drawing and painting daisies using negative watercolor painting technique.  I found the process to be very enjoyable and fun.

Embroidery Hoop Star MapEmbroidery Hoop Star Map

Step by step instructions on how to make this fairly accurate embroidery hoop star map.  Fairly easy, though a few mistakes were made, and makes a great gift!

Air Dry Clay Art Projects Or Adventures With ClayClay Adventure

It was an adventure: trying to find a great, non toxic, air dry clay for art class. I have tried several, each one with it’s unique properties and projects.

Our Visit To Liberty Science CenterLiberty Science Center

We had an amazing time at Liberty Science Center.  It had so many awesome exhibits for everyone to explore.  Kids big and small were very happy to be there.

Homemade Watercolor Paint and InkHomemade Watercolor Paints

We made these great homemade watercolor paints and alcohol based ink. There were bubbling chemical reactions and fun painting. The kids and I loved it!

finalFaceHow To Color In A Face

Detailed, step by step tutorial on how to color in a face.  There are two versions here: one on a pastel paper, and one on a regular printing paper.